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Sharing the Road: Safety Tips for Drivers and Cyclists

Summer is almost here, and that means bicycle riders will begin taking to the streets. Although many people enjoy a scenic bike ride on a wooded trail, more and more cyclists are sharing the road with cars, as a healthly, eco-friendly way to get around.

With this prevalence of new bikers comes the question, “how can drivers and cyclists share the road, safely?” May is National Bicycle Safety Month, so the Texas motorcycle accident attorneys at Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P., Accident & Injury Lawyers are helping spread awareness and sharing some tips on how to avoid an accident, whether you’re on two wheels or four.

Driving a Car Alongside Bikes

  • Treat bike riders the same as other car drivers on the road.
  • Pay close attention when driving near cyclists, as any accident with them will most likely cause serious injury.
  • Leave safe passing room, if you’re not sure you have enough room to pass, don’t. When the lane is too narrow to pass a cyclist safely, wait until the next lane is clear, and give the bicyclist all the rights of any other slow moving vehicle. Don’t try to save a minute or two by jeopardizing someone’s safety.
  • Do not turn so close to the biker that they are in danger of being hit.
  • Be aware that cyclists may have to swerve to avoid a car door suddenly opening, as well as any other obstacles that might appear on the road.
  • When opening a car door from the curb, look in your side and rear view mirror to make sure a cyclist is not approaching.
  • Don’t honk at cyclists. Loud noise may surprise and/or distract them, causing them to fall or move into traffic.

Riding a Bike Alongside Cars

  • Always wear a helmet
  • Use reflective gear when riding at night.
  • Ride with traffic, on the right side of the road.
  • Stop at all stop signs and red lights.

By following these simple tips, you’ll be better equip to avoid bicycle injuries and car accident injuries. Also, find out our 7 important bicycle safety tips to share with your children.

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